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Starting today, you can use tags to manage and track your Amazon WorkSpaces. Tags let you categorize your Amazon WorkSpaces so you can easily identify their purpose and track costs accordingly. For example, you could use tags to identify all the Amazon WorkSpaces for a particular department, project, application, vendor, or use case. Once you have tagged your Amazon WorkSpaces, you can use the AWS Tag Editor console (starting in June 2016) to filter and search by specific tags, and obtain usage and cost details for particular tags by signing up to get your AWS account bill with tag key values included.

You can now provision SSL/TLS certificates from AWS Certificate Manager in nine additional Regions. In addition to US East (N.Virginia), AWS Certificate Manager is now available in US West (N. California), US West (Oregon), EU (Ireland), EU (Frankfurt), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), and South America (Sao Paulo).

AWS Config made available several improvements to customers of Config Rules. Customers now receive notifications about changes to tags on resources within minutes, enabling improved accuracy of the required-tags Config Rule. Customers also get a new managed rule that checks if Multi-factor authentication is enabled for IAM users with root credentials, and a new Java sample for this rule is now available in the Config Rules GitHub repository. Additionally, customers can now view their custom annotations for compliant or noncompliant changes on the Config Rules console, and receive finer grained status about rule invocation and evaluation timestamps on the Config Rules detail page.

Today, we are excited to announce EC2 Run Command document sharing. This new capability lets you collaborate with other users on developing new custom commands. Using EC2 Run Command, you can create custom commands (called Run Command documents), share documents with other AWS users, and find documents shared with you. You can share Run Command documents privately or publish them publicly for the AWS Community to use. 

AWS Application Discovery Service helps Systems Integrators quickly and reliably plan application migration projects by automatically identifying applications running in on-premises data centers, their associated dependencies, and their performance profile. Planning data center migrations can involve thousands of workloads that are often deeply interdependent. Application discovery and dependency mapping are important early first steps in the migration process, but difficult to perform at scale due to the lack of automated tools. AWS Application Discovery Service automatically collects configuration and usage data from servers, storage and networking equipment to develop a list of applications, how they perform, and how they are interdependent. This information is securely retained in an AWS Application Discovery Service database which you can export as a CSV or XML file into your preferred visualization tool or cloud migration solution to help reduce the complexity and time in planning your cloud migration. 

You can now provision M4, C4, R3, I2, and D2 Amazon EC2 Dedicated Hosts in the Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region. Dedicated Hosts are physical servers with EC2 instance capacity fully dedicated for your use. Dedicated Hosts can help you reduce costs by allowing you to use your existing server-bound software licenses, including Windows Server, SQL Server, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, and can also help you meet compliance requirements. For more information on Dedicated Host availability and pricing, visit the Dedicated Hosts pricing page

EC2 Auto Recovery, an Amazon EC2 feature designed to increase instance availability, is now available in Beijing (China). With Auto Recovery, you can automatically recover supported instances when a system impairment is detected. Auto Recovery keeps your existing instance running and automatically recovers your instance on new underlying hardware, if needed, so you do not generally need to migrate to a new instance.